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Out-of-network "surprise bills" are a growing problem. Patients think they're staying in their coverage network only to receive a bill for thousands of dollars after a procedure from, say, an anesthesiologist who wasn't included in their plan. So far, proposed solutions have proven controversial.

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Imagine lawmakers allowing lead to remain in gasoline because of the oil and gas lobby. Imagine them allowing secondhand smoke in public places because of the tobacco lobby. Pretty ridiculous except that's exactly why we have the parade of bloody AR-15 massacres--the gun lobby.

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After hours of emotional debate, the Texas Senate late on Tuesday evening approved omnibus legislation to tighten abortion restrictions.

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California is not the only state considering whether or not to tackle the doctor shortage problem by broadening the scope of what services other providers can offer. How are special interest groups weighing in on the debate with political donations?

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This year, there's no political fireworks or high-octane drama like the 2011 fight over women’s health care and abortion in Texas. Democrats will not die on the sword of bringing Planned Parenthood back into the fold, and Republicans will not put up additional barriers to women’s access to care.

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A bill advancing through the Texas Legislature could drastically decrease the number of legal abortion facilities in the state.

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Bob Pack had some interesting ideas for how to improve California’s prescription drug tracking system (CURES). Most of them remain just that: interesting ideas.

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Republicans say a big reason to vote for them is that they want to "end corporate welfare" by getting the government out of the business of choosing which clean energy technologies to nurture. But by quietly, but repeatedly, pressing to bet taxpayer money on hydrogen fuel cells, they may have elimna

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This Thursday, as part of the 2012 National Health Journalism Fellowship in Los Angeles, investigative reporter Duff Wilson will address the story that has everyone talking about food lobbying: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity. I asked him via email about how he did that story.

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Deputy David Frost, who oversees a California county jail’s two mental health wings, said it’s not uncommon for seriously ill inmates to wait there for months, even after a judge orders them transferred to a state hospital.

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